Latest Montana state government News

Montana lawmakers oppose more death penalty drug options

Apr. 16, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Montana Senate to kill a bill that would have given the state more latitude in selecting drugs to carry out lethal injections, as companies restrict access to drugs used in executions. “I was blown...

Montana lawmakers delay in-person meetings after virus case

Apr. 15, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will postpone floor sessions and not meet in person after a “member of the government affairs community” tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday evening press release. The individual who tested positive was...

Governor signs bills defending campus free speech in Montana

Apr. 15, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed Thursday two bills that supporters say aim to protect freedom of expression and association on public university campuses in the state. The new law prohibits universities from denying resources to religious,...

Montana high court cancels condition on stolen valor case

Apr. 14, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former judge improperly punished two men who lied about their military service in court, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Former Montana Eighth District Court Judge Greg Pinski had forced Ryan Patrick Morris and Troy Allan Nelson in...

Montana bills would limit governor's powers in emergencies

Apr. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A slate of bills limiting the governor’s powers during states of emergency are nearing passage in Montana. The GOP-controlled state House voted Wednesday in favor of three bills brought in response to what some Republicans say was an overstepping...

Montana Highway Patrol headquarters to move under agreement

Apr. 14, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The governor of Montana has signed an executive order this week, taking a step toward moving the Montana Highway Patrol headquarters from Helena to Boulder. Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte said the Department of Justice will now be responsible for...

Montana Senate endorses bill in effort to ban abortions

Apr. 13, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Tuesday endorsed a measure that would ask voters to change the state constitution to define life as beginning at conception, an effort to ban abortions. The bill passed the House 66-33 on a party-line vote last month. Since it...

Governor bans use of vaccine passports in Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte issued Tuesday an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. The move by Gianforte comes as vaccine passports — documents used to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...

Committee to consider change to bill targeting trans youth

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature may consider changes to a measure that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and college sports according to the gender with which they identify. The House on Monday rejected an amendment that would have...